Pomerene Center opens galleries for workspace

| June 22, 2020

Has COVID-19 added a new wrinkle to work? It certainly has to the life of the Pomerene Center for the Arts which has decided not to wait until life returns to normal to offer services to the community.

Understanding that gathering shoulder-to-shoulder for a performance Pomerene style is ‘out of style,’ the art center is inviting people to use the galleries as an alternative workspace.

“The Pomerene provides a quiet, beautiful place to focus with minimal distraction,” said Artistic Director Anne Cornell. “The old Greek Revival architecture offers great backdrops for zoom meetings, there are gorgeous garden views and lots of art. We’re ADA accessible and situated in a prime downtown location — coffee and sweets are not far away. We adhere to social distancing and thorough disinfecting to make sure people are safe coming in and feel safe going back home to their families.”

The Pomerene Center for the Arts is housed in the oldest documented house within the Coshocton city limits. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Home, as it is formally named, was built in 1836 and has survived through major war times, The Great Depression, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic… Like Eleanor Roosevelt who felt that having a purpose is what kept her going late in life, the Pomerene strives to keep the old house relevant by serving a new community purpose.

Founded in 1984 with a mission to promote community involvement in the arts and preserve the Greek Revival mansion in which it is housed, the Pomerene Center began operating with a strong neighborhood coalition and a few dedicated volunteers.

The Pomerene Center of the Arts is located at 317 Mulberry St. in Coshocton and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required a half hour in advance and can be made easily by visiting www.pomerenearts.org/work-from-here. A $5-10 donation is suggested.

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